Can you believe we are already in the homestretch of fall? Feels like I was at the beach soaking up the sun just yesterday! And suddenly Thanksgiving is only a few days away. How?!
Thanksgiving coming up means I'm going to want to balance out the heaviest meal of the year with plenty of light meals. This fall-themed salad is the perfect meal in the days leading up to the holiday season. Plus it's a great healthy addition to your Thanksgiving spread if you make a large batch of it!
The idea for this salad came about because I was having a huge craving for goat cheese that day. I *could* have eaten a log of it solo, but I knew it would be better to have some type of food to combine it with.
As I was shopping for the ingredients, I had intended on grabbing plain goat cheese. But then I noticed that there was a pumpkin spice goat cheese (of course, right?). Now, I'm not one who jumps on the pumpkin spice train. I don't care about pumpkin spice lattes or go insane for pumpkin pie. However, something about this goat cheese made me want to try it. The flavors in the end went really well with the squash and the vinaigrette - so if you can get pumpkin spice goat cheese, do it! Otherwise plain totally works, or you could even try it with cranberry cinnamon goat cheese. All of these flavors will still make for a fantastic fall salad!
The maple white wine vinaigrette is absolutely delicious, by the way. I might just need to make that year round with all sorts of salads. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Fall Squash Salad with Maple White Wine Vinaigrette
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: n/a (unless roasting butternut squash, then about 30 minutes)
Servings: salad for 1
You Will Need:
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